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Body And Soul

March 10, 2009

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 14, 1987
  • Release Date: September 14, 1987
  • Label: HIP-O (PG)/Fontana
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 A&M Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 45:33
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  • ASIN: B001UMZR9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,378 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The CD is worth buying and look at other albs of his.
Harold Allen
And he does it with a deft understanding and attention to detail in his arrangements.
cerise carter
It is one of the most beautiful, meaningful albums I've ever heard.
geofos77@hotmail.com

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Ray on August 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After discovering that Body and Soul had finally been remastered and reissued in what seemed to take a millenum, I eagerly placed my order and waited for the prized disc to arrive. However, to my dismay I discovered that this German manufactured reissue is riddled with pops, clicks, and general distortion. (this is quite apparent in the few opening seconds of "Not Here, Not Now")

Initially assuming it was a player issue, I proceeded to play in the disc in three other units and heard the same problems. (My original disc of this title from 1984 does not have these audio problems)

Convinced I simply had a defective disc, I requested a replacement which was received the next day! (Thanks Amazon) Unfortuntely, the replacement disc had exactly the same playback problems confirming that it was a manufacturing problem that affected the entire run (or at least a large portion) of this title.

This is simply one of the cleanest and most dynamically recorded albums of the era and all the problems appear to be associated with the German manufacturer who produced this disc.

I would suggest waiting for A&M (Universal) to sort out this issue before sacrificing your $10!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mordicus on February 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This must be one of my all-time favourite CDs. And one of the best-sounding albums of all time as well, thanks to Joe Jackson's early use of digital recording techniques combined with vintage microphones. Which makes the mystery all the greater: what on earth happened in 1997, when the record company decided to remaster this?

The dynamics of the remaster are, admittedly, more up-to-date. But there are loud popping noises on almost all the tracks, notably on the opener The Verdict (after about 29 seconds). At times it sounds painfully like an old vinyl LP...and yet none of these faults were present on the original CD release. Add to this the poor quality of the sleeve and booklet (what happened to the colours?) and it's a total disaster. I can only hope that someday, someone will release a "Deluxe" edition like that of Night And Day and restore this pioneering recording to its original glory.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nagronsky VINE VOICE on April 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Another person who reviewed this album said to start your Joe Jackson collection with this. As your doctor, I must say "DO NOT LET THIS BE YOUR FIRST JOE JACKSON!". It will only spoil you!!! Great production, orchestration, recording, vocals, lyrics, just a superlative effort. The single, solitary thing that doesn't hold up well is when Elaine Caswell sings "..it's not so easy, it's '84 now!" Big deal! Just hearing her duet with Joe in that crisp, clean contralto of hers took my breath away just like it did 15+ years ago. Whew!! Takes me back to Joe's shows at the Greek in '89 or '90. Buy This. Play It Loud. Play It Soft. Dig It!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul H Marek on July 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
while Joe Jackson more than proved his capability as a pop/rock writer/performer, with Body and Soul he chose to swim upstream - against a massive tide of 80's pop. Jackson spreads his musical wings on this work of blues-jazz-rock (seemingly endless influences). The result is so incredible - this is truely one of those albums that will give you goosebumps. Put your headphones on or listen in the car on a long road trip. Unfortunately, because it is difficult to define it is unlikely you will see this - or much of Joe Jackson's material as an Amazon.com "essential recording". However, for the fan of great music, this will be one of your essential recordings. And don't miss Blaze of Glory and Night and Day - both fantastic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Martell on March 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"You Can't Get What You Want" blew me away when I first heard it in the spring of '84 and it still does. I was 15 and Joe Jackson instantly became my favorite artist. Every album is completely different than the one before it--but they're all tremendous works. Body and Soul is my personal favorite. From "Be My Number Two" to "Losaida" to the brilliant "You Can't Get What You Want" this is truly a classic. If you're new to Joe Jackson, start your collection here. If your only exposure to Joe Jackson are his other classics "Steppin' Out" and "Is She Really Going Out with Him"--try Body and Soul for something completely different.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Hawkins on May 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The music inside is worthy of the Blue Note album cover on the outside. Like most Joe Jackson albums, this album stands on its own as an amazing (and unique) piece of work. I can't think of anything to compare with the amazing opening of "The Verdict." What brass!! From there, he goes all over the stylistic map, as usual, and leaves us some of his best songs ("You Can't Get What You Want," "Be My Number Two," "Not Here Not Now" etc.). The scary thing for me is, as stellar as this album is, I think it's his second best album, after the mighty "Big World!" Most artists would consider themselves lucky to have just one album of this caliber, much less two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By trevor.perks@virgin.net on October 17, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Joe is the man who gave us the hula hoop, he's the man who gave us the yo-yo, and he's also the man who puts his body and soul into everything he does.
Here he incorporates a strong brass section, Latin rhythms and great vocals to provide us with what was his finest album to date back in 1984.
It still holds it's own in my record rack, and provided me with inspiration more times than I can remember during personal hardship in 1985 in the form of 'You Can't get what You want...' and 'Go For It'.
Best tracks have to be The Verdict, You Can't Get What You Want, Happy Ending and Be my Number Two.
Check this out now!
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